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Law school partners with university

December 2, 2015
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A new partnership between a law school and a university in the state will allow law students to shave a year off their education, saving them time, money and allowing them to enter their chosen profession sooner.

Beginning next fall, students at Oakland University in Rochester can receive 30 credits from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, or Wayne Law, that will transfer back to Oakland, allowing the students to finish their bachelor’s degrees while attending law school.

Typically, it would take a student seven years to complete their undergraduate and law school education, but with the partnership, it will take them six years to complete both degrees.

Jocelyn Benson, Wayne Law dean, said the school is “thrilled” to offer Oakland University students this opportunity.

"Being able to complete their undergraduate and legal education in a shorter timeframe will allow these students to get a jump-start on their careers and begin making a difference as legal professionals even sooner,” Benson said.

Susan Awbrey, senior associate provost at Oakland University, added that Wayne Law has "an excellent scholarship program that will be open to support students in the program."

The partnership is an example of how law schools are dealing with declining enrollments due to the high cost of education and decreasing job market for attorneys across the country.

How it works

To apply, Oakland University students must have completed a minimum of 75 credits in an approved undergraduate degree.

The bachelor of integrative studies is the first program approved for the partnership. It is expected that the list of majors at Oakland eligible for the partnership will expand as the program moves forward.

Students must also take the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, and meet all other Wayne Law admissions requirements.

During the fourth, or senior, year at Oakland, students will attend Wayne Law and begin with the first two semesters of credits at Wayne Law, 30 credits, transferring back to Oakland for completion of the bachelor's degree.

Students who have completed their Oakland requirements must apply by June 1, 2016 to begin taking classes at Wayne Law next fall.

Tuition and fees will be paid to Oakland for classes taken there and to Wayne Law for classes taken at the law school.

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